Cancer Registry Collaboration

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently officially announced a collaboration to develop a cancer surveillance and cancer control research system. It's the latest of several collaborative efforts--the two agencies often overlap on projects involving areas such as surveillance, tobacco control, and dietary intervention. CDC director Jeffrey Koplan and NCI director Richard Klausner signed a memorandum of understanding for the collaboration on Feb. 14; the agencies announced their collaboration plans in late March. Unofficially an objective of both centers for some time, the new program stems from a desire to further develop existing initiatives. The NCI wants to expand its 25-year-old Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program to better address underrepresented minority populations. And with NCI's help, the CDC wants to increase nationwide coverage of its National Program of Cancer Registries, founded in 1992. According to Robert Hiatt, deputy...

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